Last week, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour offered some thoughts on the oft-debated question in Republican platforms: to include abolishing the Department of Education.
â??Being for getting rid of the department certainly doesnâ??t mean you want to get rid of public education,â? Barbour, a former Republican National Chairman, said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast last week in Washington, â??it means getting rid of a federal intermediary so state and local governments can operate without a giant bureaucracy.â?
Emphasizing: â??you donâ??t want people to get the impression youâ??re against public education,â? he said he agreed with restoring the call for abolishing the 33-year-old department to the Republican platform â??as long as itâ??s recognized what the goal is.â?